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injury has ruled West Indies T20
captain Darren Sammy out of
the two T20 matches against
New Zealand later this month.
Sammy suffered his injury
when he was running around a
damp outfield in Queenstown
before the third One Day Inter-
His place has been taken by
left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.
"Darren is undergoing treat-
ment and should be fit to return
to playing duties in time for the
Regional Super50 Tournament
which starts later this month in
Trinidad," said West Indies team
physiotherapist C.J. Clark.
Dwayne Bravo, the one-day
captain, will lead the side in the
T20 series scheduled for Auck-
land and Wellington Saturday
and next week Wednesday.
West Indies squad has been
severely depleted in recent weeks
as a result of injury to a number
of players resulting in only 12 fit
players to choose from for the
last ODI in Nelson.
Apart from Chris Gayle, who
is recovering from a hamstring
injury and injured Sammy, Mar-
lon Samuels with a wrist injury
and Darren Bravo have flown
home while Ravi Rampaul suf-
fered a broken finger although
he remains on the tour.
Kemar Roach and Kieran Pol-
lard are also missing - Pollard is
still recovering from a knee injury.
Three additional players -
Andre Fletcher, Andre Russell
and Samuel Badree --have joined
the squad in New Zealand and
Russell, the allrounder is report-
edly being considered for selec-
tion for the final ODI in Hamil-
ton.Meanwhile, New Zealand have
named an unchanged squad for
the Series against.
"We are keen to keep this
group together but are mindful
of the strong performances from
a number of other players includ-
ing Hamish Rutherford, and
Anton Devcich," New Zealand
Cricket General Manager National
Selection Bruce Edgar.
"We are fortunate to be in a
position to have a range of quality
players to choose from."
Auckland and Wellington will
host the two T20 matches Sat-
urday and next Wednesday.
The West Indies are current
Twenty20 World Cup champions
and have played the Black Caps
on six occasions in the shortest
form of the game - three of which
ended in tied games. (CMC)
Ramdin asks WI
batsmen to step up
HAMILTON---Denesh Ramdin has urged the West
Indies batsmen and fielders to step up their game
if they are to level the ODI series in New Zealand.
West Indies go into the fifth and final match in
Hamilton trailing 1-2 and needing a win to save face
in a rain-affected series that has been rough on the
"Our fielding was not up to standard in the last
game," Ramdin said. "We re usually a good fielding
unit but we ended up giving away too many chances.
The first 25 overs were good but in the second 25,
we gave away chances and runs."
Ramdin also pointed out that the top five batsmen
need to do better than their recent stagnant per-
formances to set a proper foundation whether chasing
or batting first.
"It s no secret that our batting has failed us recently
against India and New Zealand. Hopefully, our top
five will come out and get some runs on the board
or lead a good chase. I believe they can finish this
(series) on a good note. We re looking to give a good
showing. It s been a long time for us away from home
and we re looking forward to going home but we
want to end on a high note and improve. We haven t
batted well at all except for a few bright spots here
Ramdin referred to West Indies depleted squad
which had left them short of experience as a key
factor in their showing against New Zealand. Ramdin
said that the absence of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard,
Kemar Roach and the subsequent blows to Darren
Bravo, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels and now,
Ravi Rampaul, took a severe toll on the unit. "The
injuries haven t been good for us.
Now we have new guys coming in for selection.
We ll do better in the Twenty20s and if this game
is shortened, we will be ready. We know New Zealand
are clicking in all aspects of the game."
He added that more support needed to be provided
to Jason Holder, who he dubbed as their best bowler
in the series.
Ramdin felt Tino Best and Sunil Narine would be
effective as long as the fielders stuck to plans. He
bemoaned how their fundamentals such as backing
up and simple catching pegged them back in the last
couple of ODIs.
West Indies had lost the third Test in Hamilton
earlier on the tour and Ramdin said the pitch was
similar to the Test one. "The grass is greener and
there s something for the bowlers, with the two new
balls. Once the batters get past that, they should get
some runs. It s frustrating with the weather. It s much
more cold than we re accustomed to but we want to
take this match down to wire and get a full 50 in."
On the mood in the camp, Ramdin said, "It s dif-
ficult but Bravo (Dwayne) has been motivating us in
bringing a relaxed atmosphere to the dressing room
so that we play our natural Caribbean style of cricket.
It s tough so far but we have the belief despite not
getting much success in New Zealand. Our respectabil-
ity is on the line. We have a lot of cricket back in
the Caribbean waiting on us so right now, we need
to rally around each other."
Ramdin also brushed aside notions that West Indies
were too reliant on T20 success recently. When asked
if ODIs and Test cricket still appealed, he responded,
"We enjoy playing these long formats but just haven t
been getting the results.
It s not a dying breed of cricket as many say. These
are good challenges and the ultimate for cricketers.
West Indies have players who are suitable for all for-
"On the state of our cricket, it is important we
keep working hard at the senior, U-15 and U-19 levels.
We have to put on a show versus England back home
and then there s the 50-over World Cup next year.
I can see New Zealand being a dark horse as the co-
host but we, as a team, will take it one step at a time,
win some matches and gain confidence, especially
with the T20 title defence in Bangladesh this year."
West Indies all rounder Keiron
Pollard will not represent T&T
in the upcoming Regional
Super50 tournament because he
is still recovering from an ankle
This was revealed by chairman
of the national selection panel
Alec Burns. The former fast
bowler was speaking on the Mon-
day Night Cricket Show on
WinTv. He said Pollard was not
yet fully fit and cannot be rushed
back to cricket. "We will not have
the services of Keiron Pollard
because of his injury. A player like
Pollard not being there is a big
blow but we cannot look to rush
the player back into action after
Burns also revealed that mys-
tery spinner Sunil Narine will be
out for the first game. "Narine
has a previous engagement to take
care off and he will not be home
in time for the first game of the
tournament. However, after that,
he is available and will be a major
boost when he arrives to play."
Narine will be in South Africa
where he will be playing in the
South African domestic T20 tour-
nament. The Nagico Regional
Super50 starts on January 30 and
T&T will go into action the fol-
lowing day. Narine will be arriving
home on January 30 and will
immediately join the camp.
All rounder Rayad Emrit is
expected to be chosen for the
series but the selectors will be
eyeing his progress as he is still
getting back to full fitness fol-
lowing his shoulder injury.
Emrit, an important part of
the T&T set-up, fell awkwardly
on his shoulder during the semi-
finals of the Champions League
against the Mumbai Indians and
since then he has been out of
action. According to Burns he has
started to train but his fitness will
be monitored leading up to the
The selectors met yesterday
evening to finalise the team for
the tournament which will be
staged right here in Trinidad and
Tobago. Apart from Pollard, all
the other West Indian players are
available for selection and T&T
should be able to put out a for-
midable team for this series.
The team that is selected will
play two matches against a Rest
Team on January 22 and 25 before
moving on to play their first
match of the tournament.
Preparations continue on Friday
for the Regional Four Day tour-
nament, as the players would take
part in a three-day trial match at
the National Cricket Centre in
Injury rules Pollard
out Super50 series
Sammy to miss T20s against Kiwis
NEW ZEALAND: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey
Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan
McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke
Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
WEST INDIES: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Samuel Badree, Tino
Best, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher,
Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh
Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons,
Kieron Pollard ....will be missing
because of injury
"We will not have the
services of Keiron Pollard
because of his injury. A
player like Pollard not
being there is a big blow
but we cannot look to
rush the player back into
action after his injury."
PANEL CHAIRMAN ALEC
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